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2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards

The voting is open between now and May 31 to enable site visitors to nominate their choices in the various categories of this year's APPJAG awards which can be done here.
BSH was very proud to be nominated and to win the 2018 Media Award and hope we can have your support again this year.

Today Friday May 24

Afternoon

Jazz

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Giles Strong Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Evening.

Blues/Soul/Funk

Dave Kelly & Christine Collister - Gala Theatre & Cinema, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA . Tel: 03000 266 600. 8:00pm. £18.00.

The Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

Groove-a-matics - Lindisfarne Club, West St., Wallsend NE28 8LG. Tel: 0191 262 4258. 9:00pm.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, January 06, 2019

CD Review: The 14 Jazz Orchestra - The Future Ain't What It Used To Be. Arranged by Dan Bonsanti

Another big band wizbang! This one doesn't need any narrative - just a band that swings and features some ace soloists. I can't/won't list the full personnel. Whoever designed the sleeve opted for dark grey text on dark black background - how do these guys get the job?
I can't name him as, no doubt, his name too is lost in the mire - let's just hope he doesn't get a gig doing road signs!

Fortunately, the music rises above such mundane matters and the soloists and guests* are named on the website. It's as swinging a contemporary big band as you are likely to find either side of the Atlantic.

A big band version of Tennessee Ernie's Sixteen Tons must be a first - they've nailed this one. Bonsanti's arrangement - like all the others on the album - will surely find its way into many big band libraries.

Love it, if not the album's presentation.
Lance.
* Randy Brecker; Mark Colby; Mark Egan; Danny Gottlieb; Marko Marcinko; Rick Margitza; Lee Levin & Richard Bravo.
Available as of Jan. 1 - see website.

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